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Senate OKs $1.4B Settlement For Black Farmers

After months of partisan wrangling, the Senate has approved $1.15 billion to settle discrimination claims brought by black farmers against the Agriculture Department and $3.4 billion for American Indians who said the Interior Department had swindled them out of royalties since the 19th century.

The legislation, approved by unanimous consent, also includes a one-year extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and several American Indian water rights settlements sought by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the Associated Press says.

To pay for the entire measure, money would be diverted from a surplus in nutrition programs for women and children and by extending customs user fees.


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